Information for Families: 15.10.21
Thank you so much to everyone who got involved in our recent 50 challenge to celebrate the school’s birthday! So far we have received over £2,900 from you wonderful people – THANK YOU! If you still have some sponsorship money at home, please send it in before half term. Once we have a collected all of the money, Ms Whelan our literacy lead will be purchasing top quality books for every class. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you see them coming home!
You will have received a letter this week informing you about our plans to use School Cloud for our upcoming meetings. Please let us know by the end of Monday if you are not happy for us to share your contact information. More detail is available in the original letter which was sent on Tuesday morning.
Arriving at school
A gentle reminder that KS1 and Reception children need to stay with the adult that brings them to school until they are handed over to the teacher. They should be supervised at all times and are not allowed on the slope outside of the classrooms.
Classes start at 9.15am prompt in KS1 – please do not be late as this delays the start of our phonics lessons. The gates will now be closing more promptly as all children should be in class at 9.15am.
Some of you may be aware that Little Amal will be arriving in Deptford next Friday. Little Amal, a 3.5-metre-tall puppet of a nine-year-old girl, has been walking 8,000km from the Turkey-Syria border all the way to Manchester.
The giant puppet is part of a new project from Britain’s Good Chance Theatre that aims to bring attention to the urgent needs of young refugees and the arduous journeys they have to make in search of a better life. On her grand voyage, which began last month, Amal is calling at 70 towns and cities in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in the UK, where she will start her journey in Deptford. Please see more details here at: https://www.timeout.com/london/news/little-amal-the-giant-puppets-final-london-itinerary-has-been-announced-092021
We are unable to take all of the children to this exciting event, but we are happy to authorise an absence if you wish to take your child(ren). All we ask is that you email or call so that we know you will not be in for the morning and whether your child requires a lunch when they return.
Used clothes wanted for nursery!
We are developing our ‘real life’ dressing up provision at nursery and would really welcome donations of any of the following:
- Children’s size 7-12 year olds: suit jackets, waistcoats, clothes from outside the UK, button up shirts/blouses or cardigans
- Adults size: firm type hats such as straw hats or hats with brims (no bucket hats or woolly hats please)
- Unwanted costume jewellery, purses and small bags
Thanks in advance for your support.
Support for protecting children online
Children are accessing technology and the internet at a younger age than ever before. It’s never too early to talk to your child about what they do online and who to tell if they come across anything online that makes them feel worried, scared or sad.
There are lots of great resources and advice at: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The website provides practical information for children, young people, parents & carers, plus you can download online safety home activity packs. Each of these family activity sheets have a selection of short conversation starters, practical tips and fun tasks to do as a family.
Many of you will know the popular Netflix drama Squid game. The series centres on a contest where 456 players, drawn from different walks of life but each deeply in debt, compete with hundreds of others to the death, in violent children’s games, all supervised by eerie masked henchmen. This programme has a rating of 15 for a reason. Sadly, we are seeing children as young as Year 3 playing ‘Squid game’ in the playground. Please make sure you are monitoring what your child is watching and be clear about why you are not prepared for them to watch certain programmes, regardless of what they tell you their friends watch. You are the grown-up and it is important you set clear boundaries.
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